Finding Really Cool Pocket Knives to Buy
Before delving into some really cool pocket knives and showing what someone would like such a knife to be or look like, let me do a bit of back-grounding here. I really don’t know if there is such a word but let’s say there is. When I was a wee lad I had a friend who worked at a department store.
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He would furnish all of us guys who hung out together with some of the coolest stuff that were for sale at really reasonable prices. One of my prized possession from that era and which I still have up to this day is a switchblade. I love cool switchblades.
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While all these occasions and events have come and gone, my trusty black and silver pocket sidekick have been with me all the time.
It looks as good today as when I first got it many moons ago and works just as well. How many of you can remember your first pocket knife or any cool pocket knives you had?
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Getting back to what a cool pocket knife should look, feel and perform like I will first look at the appearance, then take a look at the material that it is made of and last but not least, the functionality of it.
Because this knife is really an extension of the owner, I feel that appearance should play a major role in selecting one. If you want to see what you should really be looking for, see my full review here .
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Here is what to look for in a knife
Now as from the Wikipedia description above which I agree with, there are certain criteria that must be in place before you can consider any knife as a pocket knife. First and foremost, it has to be foldable and I will add or retractable. This is very important because you must be able to hide or conceal the blade in some form or fashion for safety and in some states and countries to abide by the law and therefore making them legal.
I remember those brown handle folding pocket knives that you took delight in learning to “flick out” or actually doing it with great finesse. You know the ones where you snapped the wrist while holding the knife in your hand and the ring finger through the keyring it carried at the back of the point where the blade met the wooden handle. This was a skill and also a method to quickly close and open the blade whenever necessary. As far as appearance goes a beautiful handle and tastefully designed functional blade would surely qualify any such knife for the title of best pocket knife. A look at some of these cool blades would be Butterfly knives, Gerber knives and some of the other tactical knives on Amazon and Ebay. You can see some of these knives here and the prices to me are really reasonable and cheap.
Butterfly knives are really exotic and personal with a long and rich history. A butterfly knife also called a fan knife by many and in the east especially the Phillipines as the balisong is a folding pocket knife with two handles counter-rotating around the tang in such a manner that when it is closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handle.It was traditionally used by the Filipino people as a self defence and pocket utility knife.
Gerber Legendary Blades was started in 1939 by Peter Gerber in Oregon USA and it was the first production knife company to pair with a custom knife company to team up with someone making custom knives namely David Murphy. These handmade knives were very popular and were sold by Abercombe and Fitch and found on eBay for sale.
Bear Grylls has helped design a line of survival knives and tools for the company. In a 2015 survey of knife enthusiasts conducted by KnifeNews, Gerber was the 6th most commonly remembered brand. I saw a blade by Gerber once which I thought was the best pocket knife I ever seen was truly a beauty.
Gerber knives are some of the most sought after in the market today.These knives are easily identified by their logo which is engraved on the blade.
They are many models available including:
1. Gerber Guardian – Designed more than 20 years ago.
2. Gerber Mark 11: Used for fighting. There are many more manufacturers of really cool pocket knives and you can find them listed here.
Best Material for Making Pocket Knives Blade
The material that your pocket knife is made of is very important to its lifespan, look and usability. Every facet of your knife is really important from the blade to the handle because if any of these are poor quality it can make the world of a difference even in a life or death situation.The blade should be of high carbon stainless steel or aluminum alloy, either of these would do:
Here are some types as used by Gerber:
154CM A high-carbon, high-alloy, space age, stainless steel first used for knives by R. W. Loveless about 1972. At that time it was vacuum melted. Content: Carbon 1.05%, Manganese 0.5%, Chromium 14.0%, Molybdenum 0.4 – 0.55%.
420 A stainless spring steel often used in production knives. Very useful in tanto blades. Outstanding for axe heads. Content: Carbon 0.15 to 0.6%, Manganese 1.0%, Chromium 12-14%
420HC An improved form of 420 that works well with high production tooling; commonly used by Gerber and other major brands. Content: Carbon 0.5-0.7%, Manganese 0.35-0.9%, Chromium 13.5%.
440A A high-carbon stainless steel used in most production knives and in some handmade knives. Works well through tooling. Content: Carbon 0.60 to 0.75%, Manganese 1.0%, Chromium 16.0-18.0%, Molybdenum 0.75%.
440B Content: Carbon 0.75-0.95%, Magnesium 1.0%, Chromium 16-18%, Molybdenum 0.75%.
440C The most popular high-carbon stainless used by custom knifemakers for many years. First used by Gil Hibben about 1966. Content: Carbon 0.95 – 1.20%, Manganese 0.40%, Chromium 17.0%, Vanadium 0.50%, Molybdenum 0.50%.
6061 Aircraft Alloy A commonly available, heat treatable aluminum alloy. Used in heavy-duty structures requiring good corrosion resistance. Can be hot forged. Easily cold worked and formed in the annealed condition. Can be stamped, bent, spun, and deep drawn using standard methods. Machinability in the harder T4 and T6 tempers is good.
Knife handles can be made up of a variety of materials both natural or man made. The type of material you choose for your pocket knife will eventually determine whether or not it lasts or not.
I always prefer to go for the man made material over the natural as it is easier to shape and gives more flexibility in design. Therefore ensuring you get more cool pocket knives designs to choose from in the long run.
Here are some materials that the handles are made from:
Stainless Steel – Stainless steel offers durability and is resistant to corrosion
Carbon Fiber – Carbon Fiber is made up of thin strands of carbon that are tightly woven in a weave pattern and set in resin. It is perhaps the strongest of all the lightweight synthetic handle materials
Aluminum – Aluminum is very long lasting and provides a solid feel without the extra weight. In other words it is very lightweight.
Wood – Wooden knife handles vary a lot. You can have from the more common wood species to the most exotic and the price vary a lot according to the type of wood you are using.
This is by no means all the material available for making knife handles as if you want custom pocket knives, you surely will have a wider range of materials to choose from including leather, stag, zytel, bone, G-10, micarta, mother of pearl, ivory, ABS and abalone.
Some very cool kitchen and chef knives handles which are sometimes specialty items are made from some of these exotic materials. Now this is probably the most important aspect of owning a knife. You want to know how functional it is. Will it do what I want it to do when I want it to do.
Before purchasing, determine your purpose for wanting to own that knife.You should know your purpose then buy. Never buy a knife because it looks pretty or is cool to own. Under no circumstances should you buy one because it is for sale, on sale or cheap.
Because everyone around you own switchblades, is not reason enough for you to own one. As a matter of fact many countries has put legislation in place with regard to pocket knives and swords making it an offence to carry them in public. See some states and countries who have legislation in place concerning pocket knives and swords.
Legal concerns aside, a really good knife should be unique in many ways.
Here an important feature you should look for:
Size: 5 to 15 centimeters (2 to 6 in) This is one time that size does matter. It is very important that your purchase be based on the type of clothes you wear or if you are a woman, the type of purse you carry. Always remember it is a pocket knife you intend to carry either on your person or in your purse.Also some states and countries gives sizes which determine whether the your knife is legal or not. So check your respective state or country law before buying.
Further examples of what to look for is below:
Specifications: ** Length Overall: 2 7/8″ (73 mm) ** Length Closed: 1 5/8″ (41 mm) ** Hole Diameter: 3/16″ (5 mm) ** Blade Length: 1 5/16″ (33 mm) ** Cutting Edge: 1 1/8″ (29 mm) ** Blade Thickness: 1/16″ (1.75 mm) ** Blade Steel: 3Cr13MoV ** Weight: 0.4 oz. (12 g) ** Handle Material: Stainless Steel <<<>>>
Weight: 23 g or less (0.81 ounce) to 335 g (12.5 ounce) or more The weight of your pocket knife will vary according to the individual and materials used. Some people like to feel weight in their hand when they handle their blade while others like to have a light-weight blade.
Additionally, depending on the material used, your knife can be either light or heavy. For example, if you use steel or bone you most likely will have a heavier knife, than using aluminum or carbide for the handle.So choose the weight carefully for the purpose for which you want your pocket knife.
Folding Blade As far as I am concerned, all pocket knives should have a folding blade. This not only ensures that you are safe from injuring yourself but also preserves the blade and longevity to the knife.However the blade should easily deploy and be sturdy and also just as easily be closed.
Blade See Best Material for Making Pocket Knives above
Tip The tip should always be pointed as you may use your knife for a variety of things not related to cutting and a pointed tip is more useful than a rounded one. Not only is a pointed tip good for stabbing but in a survival scenario you can attach it to a pole and use it for spearing fish etc;
Handle Again your choice of handle depends on the individual. Whether you choose a cool handle for its look or got a custom made one its all up to you. Most people who own a pocket knife are not experts and just buy knives because they like them. There is nothing wrong with that.
However make sure that the handle is sturdy and will give a comfortable fit and feel in the palm of your hand.Again the choice of handle material is up to you. You can go with steel, bone or wood.
I have seen one of the coolest pocket knife imaginable online which folds into a credit card shape but from what I see when it is open, it would be a nightmare to hold and use. Something not unique to custom knives. Maybe it might be good to open an envelope but to cut and such like nah!
In conclusion whatever pocket knife you decide on, whether it is engraved, personalized or one of those unique pocket knives, the purpose of owning it should be at the forefront of your buying decision. Most owners will tell you that this is the longest knife that they will keep. Kitchen knives come and go, chef knives come and go, you may not be into outdoor living or survival planning neither are you looking for tactical knives.
You are just looking for one of the best cool pocket knives around, a knife that will be your companion, protector and confidante 24/7 whether you are young or old, male or female, you want the best pocket knife for your money.
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